Climate Justice

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Climate change rally

The climate crisis demands urgent action to transition to a low-carbon future. Canada is going in the wrong direction – we are stuck in the tar sands, the fastest growing source of our greenhouse gas emissions. Our government’s focus on export-oriented trade in the name of becoming an “energy superpower” is trumping needed action on climate change and energy security. Climate justice demands that we address the root causes of the climate crisis, including unsustainable production, consumption and trade. Real solutions must be based on democratic accountability, ecological sustainability and social justice.

People’s Climate Plan

The Council of Canadians is part of the People’s Climate Plan, which is organizing in communities across the country to encourage people to attend these consultations and demand an ambitious climate strategy that’s built on three fundamental principles:

  1. A plan that aligns with the science of climate change. Bold climate action that ensures Canada meets its commitments to a 1.5°C world requires us to keep our fossil fuels in the ground.
  2. A plan that builds a 100% renewable energy economy. Bold climate action that ensures Canada transitions to a 100% renewable energy economy by 2050 will create more than a million clean, safe and rewarding jobs.
  3. A plan that is justice-based. Bold climate action that enshrines justice and reconciliation for Indigenous peoples, ensures no worker is left behind in the transition to a clean energy economy, and lets those hit hardest by the climate crisis take the lead.

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Local climate justice campaigns

International climate negotiations are faltering, and the Canadian government has its head stuck in the tar sands. In the face of global and national inaction, local communities play a vital role in advancing climate justice.

The Council of Canadians works with our chapters and allies to advance local campaigns to challenge climate crimes, advance real solutions to the climate crisis, and broaden the Canadian movement for climate justice. Examples of local climate justice actions you can take include participating in a transition town, stopping a pipeline or fracking project, and demanding public and community ownership of renewable energy projects.

Tar Sands: Boom for whom?

Northern Alberta’s tar sands are home to an estimated 173 billion barrels of recoverable bitumen, a tar-like substance that requires intensive processing to become synthetic crude oil. There are serious social, environmental and economic consequences of tar sands development, which prompts the question: boom for whom? Indigenous peoples’ rights are being overlooked, the environment is being destroyed, water is being wasted and contaminated, and market interests are being put ahead of Canadian interests.

The Council of Canadians demands that there be no new approvals of tar sands developments and expansions as a first step to reducing further destruction.